Gov. Fallin ‘refreshes’ several Oklahoma leadership positions in governor’s office

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Mary Fallin

OKLAHOMA CITY – With two years left in office, Gov. Mary Fallin announced some major changes to leadership positions in her office.

Fallin says that she has been trying to keep Oklahoma’s government operating “as efficiently and effective as possible.”

“My team and I have accomplished a lot in the past six years, and we have every intention of being as productive as possible in our remaining two years,” said Fallin. “Each of these members of our team will continue to do amazing work for Oklahoma just as they have throughout their impressive careers. I thank each of them for all they have done to date and am thrilled they are all stepping up to fill these important roles serving our great state.”

On Monday, she announced that Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge will become Fallin’s chief of staff.

Also, First Assistant Attorney General Mike Hunter will become secretary of state, a position he once held under former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating.

Chief of Staff Denise Northrup will become chief operations officer at the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, while Deputy General Council Jennifer Chance becomes general counsel.

All the changes will go into effect by Nov. 1.

Fallin says she believes that during these difficult times, it is important to have fresh and new ideas to help with the budget crunch.

She also addressed the controversy surrounding presidential candidate Donald Trump and remarks he made 11 years ago.

Fallin says that she was offended by the remarks but accepts his apology, adding that she supports his platform for the economy, immigration and constitutional rights, among other things.

She added that Clinton has offended her in the past as well, adding that she is “voting for Trump.”



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